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TheCalicoHeart 500x750Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes! Every Thursday and Friday I will introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! This week I am bringing you authors’, Patricia Kiyono & Stephanie Michels and their recipe for Mackinac Island Hotel Hot Fudge Sauce along with an introduction to their contemporary romance/women’s fiction, The Calico Heart. Please join me in welcoming Patricia and Stephanie and savor their recipe for Hot Fudge Sauce as you read about their new book!

Mackinac Island Hotel Hot Fudge Sauce

1 cup Sugar

1/3 cup Cocoa (powdered)Hot Fudge

3 Tbs Flour

1/2 tsp Salt

1 cup Milk

1 Tbs Butter

1 tsp Vanilla

(The photo of hot fudge on ice cream was purchased from 123RF. Image credit: foto66 / 123RF Stock Photo)

Mix dry ingredients.

Add milk and cook on medium heat, stirring constantly until thick and smooth.

Remove from heat.

Add butter and vanilla, stirring thoroughly to mix.

Serve warm over ice cream.


On the surface, Sylvia Miller has a perfect life. She’s married to her college sweetheart, has three great  kids and a rewarding career, and wonderful friends. But beneath the appearances, Sylvia is restless. For years, she’s dreamed of the interesting places she wants to visit. Now, their youngest child is grown, and Sylvia is ready for adventure.

Left a penniless orphan, David Miller promised himself his family would never know the same humiliation. For twenty-six years, he and Sylvia have lived frugally, saving for the future. Now, Dave is on the brink of a promotion that will ensure their financial security, but Sylvia wants him to retire and travel with her.

When Dave refuses, Sylvia decides to go alone. But it’s a decision that could cost them more than money.


“I don’t want to go.”


Puzzled, Sylvia put down the travel section of the Sunday paper she’d been reading at the kitchen table and turned toward the breakfast bar where Dave was assembling sandwiches with studious care. “What do you mean, honey?”

“Just what I said. I don’t want to go.”

“But we’ve been planning this for ages –”

“No, Syl. You’ve been planning it.”

“Okay.” She nodded. “Granted, I’ve done most of the research, but it’s been based on the things we’ve talked about. Things you’ve always enjoyed: history, archaeology, and —” She laughed and drew air quotes with two fingers of each hand. “Plenty of photo ops.”

“I don’t need to travel hundreds of miles for those things. I can see them on TV and be a lot more comfortable, too.”

“Come on, honey, you know that’s not the same as being there in person.”

“Close enough,” he said, carefully spreading the mayo on a slice of bread so the condiment covered it from crust to crust.

Sylvia leaned back in the chair and stared at him. “Who are you, and what have you done with my husband?”

He frowned. The expression changed his pleasant features into a stern mask that suddenly reminded her of his late Grandfather Beaumont.

“Not funny,” he muttered in a tone that sounded eerily like his grandfather’s, too.

“It wasn’t meant to be,” she replied then busied herself gathering up the newspaper and folding it to control her irritation. She took a deep breath then tried again. “Honey, when we young and the kids were small, you told me you’d always wanted to travel. That you’d never had the chance when you were young. We promised we’d see the world together one day. When the kids were grown, we were retired, and we had enough money saved.”

“That was then.” He picked up the slice of bread, checking to make sure it was properly coated. Apparently, it passed scrutiny; he set it down and picked up the next slice. “I’ve changed.”

Meet the Authors:

Patricia Kiyono: Patty Gordon

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level.

She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her children and grandchildren. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures.

Stephanie Michels:StephanieMichelsPromo

Stephanie Michels considers herself a “Jill of All Trades” having worked as a computer trainer, advertising copywriter, cosmetologist, personnel agent, radio DJ, magazine columnist, and a financial planner among other things. She recently left the corporate world to focus full-time on her writing.

She was raised in Michigan but has also lived in Ohio, South Carolina, Missouri, and Germany. When her children were young, she returned to the Mitten State to raise them near family.


The Calico Heart is available at Astraea Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other ebook outlets.

Patricia Kiyono can be found at her blog, on facebook, and twitter (@PatriciaKiyono)

Stephanie Michels can be found at her blog, and on her website.

Thank you for joining us for another Romance Recipe! I hope you’ll stop by next week to meet another author, try a new recipe and read a new book!